Marco Huck may give heavyweight another shot down the line, but for now he's going back to cruiserweight. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Marco Huck did better at heavyweight than the photo above makes it seem, as he lost a disputed majority decision to WBA titlist Alexander Povetkin on February 25, but for the time being, the brash "Käpt'n Huck" says he's going back to the cruiserweight division to finish his run there.
"I would have loved to remain at heavyweight but my team convinced me to stay at cruiserweight for the time being," he said. "That´s fine for me. I am happy to continue my domination and keep destroying opponents. I will start with [Ola] Afolabi. He is a dangerous fighter but he has no chance against me."
It's probably the wise move for the 27-year-old Huck, who still holds the WBO cruiserweight title, and it's good news that he intends to face new mandatory challenger Ola Afolabi in his next fight. Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 KO) wiped out Valery Brudov on March 3 in Germany to win the interim belt.
Those two met in December 2009, with Huck retaining on scores of 115-113 (twice) and 116-112 in a close, competitive fight. Afolabi, 31, really does have the skills to beat anyone in the division, and with Huck's vulnerabilities, this is a dangerous fight for him, and he knows that.
Huck (34-2, 25 KO) going back to cruiserweight is the right call, in my view. I've noted a few times that I think he is a pure matchup guy as a heavyweight -- his style, his size, his weaknesses and strengths, all make him someone who would have to be matched very carefully. He did well against Povetkin, but he would be easily handled by either Klitschko brother, and going past them, I think he'd have a terrible time against the likes of Chris Arreola and Dereck Chisora, too; bigger men who throw their hands and aren't going to fear his power.
There are other good fighters he'd fare well against. He'd always have a solid shot against Povetkin, and I might pick him against Tomasz Adamek with the Pole aging (and that's a fight I'd love to see, either at heavy or cruiser).